Congratulations to Romain Dumas for winning Pikes Peak – again!
Having won in 2014 and 2016, Romain Dumas took victory in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for the third time in the 2017 event. Driving the Norma MXX RD Limited and fuelled by ETS Racing Fuel, he successfully defended his title, a feat that had not been accomplished since Monster Tajima from 2006 to 2011.
Frenchman Romain Dumas is quite the legend in today’s motorsport scene. Having run each and every 24 Hours of Le Mans race since 2001 and every FIA World Endurance Championship since 2012, Dumas has now become the third-most successful Pikes Peak driver after Rod Millen and Nobuhiro Tajima. Driving an updated version of the Norma M20 RD, the French driver won the race quite comfortably, crossing the finish line no fewer than 28 seconds ahead of Peter Cunningham and his Acura TLX GT. His winning time: 9:05.672 seconds.
For those people living in the dark, The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), also known as The Race to the Clouds, is an annual automobile and motorcycle hillclimb to the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado, USA. The track measures 12.42 miles (19.99 km) over 156 turns, climbing 4,720 ft (1,440 m) from the start at Mile 7 on Pikes Peak Highway, to the finish at 14,110 ft (4,300 m), on grades averaging 7.2%.
The course is not only one of the most challenging in the world for drivers, but it is unique in the motorsport world from a mechanical design perspective. Not only are the rules essentially free; there is the added complication from drastic change in altitude which results in a massive loss of air temperature and density. Engines will lose about 30 percent of their power towards the end of the run, so having a specially blended racing fuel from ETS Racing Fuels is an essential part of minimising power loss due to the lack of oxygen in the air and maximising reliability.